Wednesday, 4 October 2017

Book tour: Playing Defense - Aven Ellis (Dallas Demons #5)

Dallas Demons #5 - can be read as a standalone
238 pages
Publisher - Soul Mate Publishing, LLC
Release Date - 27th September 2017

After a string of bad set-ups and boring dates, Reese Brannon is done with men. She’s focused on her job as a fitness model and blogger. Her life in the city is fun. She’s young. There’s no need to look for a man because she doesn’t want one. Especially when relationships usually end in heartbreak. 

Jean-Pierre Rochat—known as JP— is done with women. All this Swiss hockey player has ever wanted is to fall in love, but his relationships never end with a happily ever after. Believing he’s always going to be dealt the friend card, JP is over it. If he’s going to be stuck in the friend zone, he’ll keep things casual for his new endgame. 

But will one hot Dallas summer night change everything for Reese and JP? 

Because when the two meet again when JP returns for hockey season, Reese finds her attraction to him hasn’t waned since their first meeting. Charming and intelligent, JP is different in all the right ways, but Reese realizes letting him in will make her vulnerable, something that terrifies her. JP never forgot Reese from their initial introduction last winter, and the sparks fly for him even more so the second time. But with Reese, his thoughts are anything but casual . . . 

Can JP and Reese let their guards down to take a chance on love? Or will this simply be a game of playing defense?

My opinion.
Time and time again, Aven Ellis comes up with these quirky, original heroines. And, time and time again, the most wonderful book-boyfriends to match. Although this is the 5th Dallas Demons' star we meet, JP is again a unique character. Easy to swoon over and fall in love with, and a treat to get to know better. I love his European background which, to Reese, gives him that extra flavour of mystery and sexiness.
With Playing Defense, Aven Ellis again created these wonderfully approachable characters who feel very "current", easy to relate to but also inspiring in their determination to chase after their goals.
The only remark I can make is that, after reading some of (... well, all of) Aven Ellis' previous books, the time-line of their love story feels a bit predictable.
But the chemistry between JP and Reese is just amazing. They can be flirty, goofy, sexy,... they feel very natural together. And boy does JP know how to make a girl feel special!
I loved seeing their relationship unfold and the fact that they have such a close knitted group of family and friends (some of whom are starting to feel like your own, if you've read the previous books in the Dallas Demons series), makes you feel even more invested in their love story.
It was love at first Oreo! ;-)


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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - I live in the Dallas area with my family. I enjoy clipping out recipes I will never get around to trying, working out, and chatting with friends on social media. I’m a hockey nut (Go Stars!) and watch as much as humanly possible. I also love shopping and fashion and admit to being obsessed with whatever the Duchess of Cambridge is wearing. In addition to be obsessed with the Duchess, I’m equally obsessed with any show or cookbook featuring Gordon Ramsay.

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